We got our golden 8 years ago after suddenly losing a 1 year old puppy. The experience was awesome and we are so grateful for this organization. They do amazing things . Sandy will be 10 in November and she brings us so much happiness .
We adopted Amos and Andy, 7-year old littermates, from GRREAT in 2014. They had been living in a cages for several months after their owner went into the hospital. They were never picked up. So GRREAT got them. We went through the standard practice of going to meet them with our lab at the fosters’ home. And when Amos and Andy were brought to us, we met outside with our lab. The 3 dogs got along just fine until about 8 hours after they came. There was a big fight, no blood shed. But very unsettling for us and all 3 dogs. We contacted GRREAT and received lots of advice and support. They were willing to take the dogs back, but also willing to work with us. Amos and Andy had already been through so much. It took a few months, but everything worked out.
We lost Amos to stomach cancer last April. Andy is still with us and will turn 14 in October. After GRREAT mentioned on their FB page about the Morris Foundation’s study on aging and cancer in Goldens, we entered Andy in the study. He is cancer-free.
We have fostered twice for GRREAT. The second time we fostered, we "failed" and ended up with a new family member. The organization is wonderful. Their support throughout the fostering and adoption process is impressive. As a new foster, I had a lot of questions. My GRREAT team was always there with an answer and any additional support I might need. They provide excellent resources for foster families and their foster dogs. I would not hesitate to recommend the organization to anyone looking for a good volunteering option, or for anyone looking to adopt a golden retriever. Wonderful, knowledgeable and helpful people run this nonprofit!
GRREAT is a wonderful rescue organization. Both of my Golden Retrievers were from GRREAT. I feel very lucky to have been adopted by Goldens.
We got the most special girl 5 years . She was two . The whole experience was so special and organized . We were coming off of losing a 1. Year old rescue so things were pretty emotional . Our dog is perfect and we are so greatful
I had the pleasure of volunteering with GRREAT with fundraiser events and bringing my Golden Harley along I then helped with home visits. After that the best experience was adopting my girl Rosie. Everyone that helped and cared about the dogs through this process were awesome. Rosie was the best for the 9-10years that I had her. Without the rescue group I may not have had such a great Golden. Even when she passsed they sent condolences. I cannot say enough positive things about his rescue group.
We adopted our sweet Golden mix from Grreat - they provided us with great advice/resources - they are a wonderful organization!
My husband and I lost our male Golden Retriever to cancer at the age of 4 and we still had a 2 year old female Golden Retriever who missed her pal. So we became fosters for this rescue after passing their screening. Well, we got Molly in 2014 to foster at age 6 and it had been a year since our boy had passed. The funny thing was that Molly was the same age as our boy and the 2 girls bonded quickly. Molly is Mommy. Well, you guessed it, we adopted Molly. Thanksgiving that same year we got an email about a special boy, Pilgrim, a Border Collie/Golden mix. We got him at 8 months and quickly found out he had issues, but the GRREAT team was there to help with a behavior specialist. After months of training and thathe bonded with our girl, Duchess, there was another Golden in our family. This rescue is FAMILY from day 1 whether you foster, adopt or volunteer! It’s a GRREAT family and we are very happy to be a part of it. Here are our 3 on the couch and here is Pilgrim loving his playmate, Duchess.
GRREAT is a wonderful organization! I can’t say enough great things about them. When I lost my golden boy to cancer I came across GRREAT through some friends on Facebook. I was in a dark place after my golden died and I applied to GRREAT for a foster dog until my service dog was ready for me. Little did I know this temporary foster was going to turn into an adoption of a golden girl that was as lost & as broken as I was. Humble from GRREAT changed my life and everyone she met. She brought me out of the dark hole I was in, as I helped her go into her blind, dark world. GRREAT helped me in so many ways with Humble. They went above and beyond for both of us and was kind. caring and compassionate. I don’t think I could have gone through Humble losing her eyes if it wasn’t for GRREAT helping us along the way. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone. They completely changed my life and Humble’s forever and I will always be grateful to them. Thank you for all the love & support you gave us.
A wonderful rescue for golden retrievers - young, old, healthy, in need of extra care. They evaluate each dog and do not turn those away that have sometimes serious medical issues. We've seen their vet team perform some real miracles, giving their dogs a great new start. We've adopted from them once and will do so again. We support GRREAT any way we can.
Thank you so much for supporting GRREAT!
I discovered GRREAT about 18 years ago and I have been continually impressed by the organization. There is an amazing network of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly. When a call comes in that a Golden needs to come in to the rescue the wheels begin to turn. Transportation is arranged, a foster home is ready, and the fortunate Golden is swept into the caring arms of GRREAT. The foster home has an entire team working with them so each dog receives services that are catered to their unique physical and emotional needs. When they are ready to move on to their "forever home" it is to a family that has been thoroughly vetted through references and a home visit. GRREAT truly is an exceptional rescue organization.
Excellent description of our process. Thank you, Jo!
My husband and I have adopted 4 Goldens through this wonderful organization (In the interest of disclosure, three were fosters we could not part with). GRREAT vets their rescues in Foster homes and make the adoption process as transparent as possible. Their volunteer staff is very, very golden savvy, and are always willing to give you pointers and advice regarding golden health, or behavior issues. One of my goldens (not a rescue) had kidney issues and they were most helpful in guiding me to resources and web sites that were very informative. Because of their assistance, our pups last year was much more comfortable than it might have been. If you love Goldens and have a place in your heart for a beautiful ray of sunshine, consider adopting via GRREAT.
Thank you for being a foster home!